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De Brún warns that EU leaders could fuel opposition to the EU

16 December, 2008 - by Martina Anderson MEP


Bairbre de Brún said that "the way the Irish 'No' vote has been dealt with is not creating goodwill" and warned that "it could even fuel opposition to the EU". Speaking in the European Parliament Ms de Brún said that "the gap between EU leaders and citizens has been deepened by the response to 'No' votes in Ireland and elsewhere."

Below is the speech made by Ms de Brún during the European Parliament debate on the outcome of last weeks European Council:

Council Conclusions: the Lisbon Treaty

"Ireland's place is in the European Union. Co-operation with our European partners is valuable. But the way the Irish 'No' vote has been dealt with is not creating goodwill. It could even fuel opposition to the EU, and not only in Ireland.

"The Council has refused to make the slightest change to the Lisbon Treaty. Instead people in Ireland are to be given some reassuring words and told they should change their minds.

"The Council has not addressed the real concerns of the people of Ireland in relation to the militarisation of the EU, workers rights, public services. And the gap between EU leaders and citizens has been deepened by the response to 'No' votes in Ireland and elsewhere.

"The Council Conclusions do not provide credible guarantees where they are needed. They fail to deliver positive reasons for voting in favour of the Lisbon Treaty. Instead there is now an attempt to confuse a number of issues and to give full reign to fear and misinformation in a rerun of the referendum.

"With regard to the Council Conclusions regarding the climate and energy package, it is very important that there is to be legislation with legally binding targets. However part of the package is unsatisfactory and is not as strong as it should be. "

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